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Over 50 rare nuggets from the Fab Four's earliest (1958-1964) days, included the fabled Decca audition tape that the label, to its eternal dismay, rejected, plus early Quarrymen recordings ( That'll Be the Day ), a version of Love Me Do with Pete Best on drums, a demo of Can't Buy Me Love , You Know What to Do (the second song George ever wrote) and many more essential, oft-bootlegged-but-never-sounding-so-good Beatles rarities.


This is the first release in a three-part series that essentially amounted to the three surviving Beatles officially sanctioning the release of tracks that had been bootlegged for years. Thus, you get some of their earliest recordings as teens; the tracks they cut in Hamburg, Germany; their Decca audition tapes (which were rejected); and, finally, alternate takes and works in progress of songs that are now part of the world's consciousness. Oh, yeah, you also get "Free As a Bird," the John Lennon track the other Beatles "finished" in 1995; it's out of context in the company of some of the group's early classics. Beatlemaniacs, of course, love exploring this stuff, but the three Anthologies are hardly a place for beginners to start their explorations. --Bill Holdship

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Free As A Bird
  2. 'We Were Four Guys...That's All'
  3. That'll Be The Day
  4. In Spite Of All The Danger
  5. 'Sometimes I'd Borrow...Those Still Exist'
  6. Hallelujah, I Love Her So
  7. You'll Be Mine
  8. Cayenne
  9. 'First Of All...It Didn't Do A Thing Here'
  10. My Bonnie
  11. Ain't She Sweet?
  12. Cry For A Shadow
  13. 'Brian Was A Beautiful Guy...He Presented Us Well
  14. 'I Secured Them...A Beatle Drink Even Then'
  15. Searchin'
  16. Three Cool Cats
  17. The Sheik Of Araby
  18. Like Dreamers Do
  19. Hello Little Girl
  20. 'Well, The Recording Test...By My Artists'
  21. Besame Mucho
  22. Love Me Do
  23. How Do You Do It
  24. Please, Please Me
  25. One After 909 (Sequence)
  26. One After 909
  27. Lend Me Your Comb
  28. I'll Get You
  29. 'We Were Performers...In Britain'
  30. I Saw Her Standing There
  31. From Me To You
  32. Money (That's What I Want)
  33. You Really Got A Hold On Me
  34. Roll Over Beethoven

Disc: 2

  1. She Loves You
  2. Till There Was You
  3. Twist and Shout
  4. This Boy
  5. I Want To Hold Your Hand
  6. 'Boys, What I Was Thinking...'
  7. Moonlight Bay
  8. Can't Buy Me Love
  9. All My Loving
  10. You Can't Do That
  11. And I Love Her
  12. A Hard Day's Night
  13. I Wanna Be Your Man
  14. Long Tall Sally
  15. Boys
  16. Shout
  17. I'll Be Back (Demo)
  18. I'll Be Back (Complete)
  19. You Know What To Do
  20. No Reply (Demo)
  21. Mr. Moonlight
  22. Leave My Kitten Alone
  23. No Reply
  24. Eight Days A Week (Sequence)
  25. Eight Days A Week
  26. Kansas City/Hey Hey Hey Hey

Product Details

  • Audio CD (November 21, 1995)
  • Original Release Date: 1961
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Box set
  • Note on Boxed Sets: During shipping, discs in boxed sets occasionally become dislodged without damage. Please examine and play these discs. If you are not completely satisfied, we'll refund or replace your purchase.
  • Label: Capitol
  • ASIN: B000002TYX
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (203 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,997 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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It's interesting reading other reviews of this album. I get the impression that some people expected more of it than they got. This album is in fact an archeological dig into the Beatles' other unreleased recorded works and a retracing of their early history. It's not a "Hits" compilation..Go to "1", "1962-66" & "1967-70" if you want that. Instead, what we find here are early demos, live recordings, a failed Audition with Decca (who have probably kicked themselves up the butt every day since January 1 '62), alternate takes, works in progress, unreleased finished recordings and television & radio performances. For a huge fan like myself, this is a treasure trove especially listening to the development of the lads as musicians and performers through the years 1958-1964 which is the period covered in this volume. Yeah the early, scratchily recorded stuff may sound like crap in parts but, putting things in perspective, these guys were 16-18 year olds cutting their teeth on Elvis, Chuck Berry, Little Richard, Buddy Holly, Carl Perkins etc. How many of these types of bands sounded great at their first rehearsals especially recorded on such primitive equipment? I think any fan disppointment can be waived here! Besides they are a pointer to what was to follow, particularly with the inclusion and first release of "In Spite Of All The Danger", the first original Beatles song to be recorded.
The alternate versions really are worth a listen. The acapella intro to "Eight Days A Week" I think is possibly better than the released verison. "Leave My Kitten Alone" could have been a "Beatles For Sale" track. "One After 909" is really interesting in comparison to the released '69 version. The development of songs is the important thing here.
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The ANTHOLOGY series is definitely not for the casual fan. But for any true Beatles fan who grew up in the Sixties awaiting each new release, this first volume in the series presents a treasure trove of musical memorabilia from the Fab Four's genesis as the Quarry Men through 1964, when they spearheaded the British Invasion and forever changed popular music.

Disc 1 begins with the much ballyhooed "new" recording "Free As a Bird." It is a stunning track performed by Paul, George and Ringo recorded in 1994 using a 1977 John Lennon demo. Since the remaining tracks date from 1958 to 1964, this track seems out of place on ANTHOLOGY 1, but the advance hype of this song didn't allow for its delayed inclusion on ANTHOLOGY 3.

What makes this first volume special is the historical importance of many of these tracks. While the sound quality is marginal on some of these recordings, where else will you find anything by the pre-Beatles group the Quarry Men or any Beatles tracks with Stu Sutcliffe on bass or Pete Best on drums?

Most of the rarities are on Disc-1. Here are the previously unreleased highlights:

"That'll Be the Day" / "In Spite of All the Danger": A 1958 recording by the Quarry Men. [Note: The latter track was written by McCartney-Harrison.]

"Hallelujah, I Love Her So" / "You'll Be Mine" / "Cayenne": Home tapes featuring the only known recordings with Stu Sutcliffe on bass.

"Searchin'" / "Three Cool Cats" / "The Shiek of Araby" / "Like Dreamers Do" / Hello Little Girl": Five songs from their 1962 Decca audition. Pete Best is on drums. The latter two tracks were Lennon-McCartney originals that they never recorded after securing a contract with EMI.
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"Free as a Bird" is a pleasant reunion between John and the 3 surviving Beatles (I agree with one of the reviewers below who said we're lucky to have that). The song was allegedly written about the freedom Lennon felt after his deportation threats and "Lost Weekend".
On with the rest of the album. It features interviews with John, Paul, and Brian Epstein. We have possibly the 1st Quarreymen recording: a 1958 scratchy recording of "That'll Be The Day" and an original "In Spite of All the Danger". There are more demos of this sort-"You'll Be Mine" and the instrumental "Cayenne". We have Tony Sheridan's fair sounding vocals on "My Bonnie" before the Beatles take over (with Pete Best, the original drummer) on "Ain't She Sweet" and "Cry for a Shadow". George sings lead on "3 Cool Cats" and Paul sings lead on "Besame Mucho". Also included is a flat-tempoed Pete Best on "Love Me Do" before Ringo replaces Best on "How Do You Do It" (I prefer theirs better than Gerry and the Pacemakers'). An early (and superior) version of "One After 909" finds its way. There's a more raucous demo of "Can't Buy Me Love" and the Beatles experimenting with harmonies on "8 Days..", with an electric 12-string on "And I Love Her", and with tempos on "I'll Be Back". Great songs you never heard from the Beatles (until now) include "You Know What to Do" (George's 2nd song) and "Leave My Kitten Alone". And the Beatles really did sound well live, as witnessed by the 1963 recordings (most humorous is "Moonlight Bay" with Morecambre and Wise!
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